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As the September 9 voting date nears, stay tuned to our web site & the KIDS Committee Facebook page (www.facebook.com/newhamptonkids) for videos & information regarding the proposed school project. We encourage you all to get informed and go to the polls to vote on September 9.
"Education is the best investment we can make- one that pays off in countless dividends, for us, for our children, and for our society... If we hope to maintain or improve the quality of life in our communities, attract new industries, and continue to prosper as a nation, top-notch schools are essential." (American Association of School Administrators 1999)
Mercy Medical Center - New Hampton has merited Top 20 Best Practices in Quality designation among all 1,332 Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs) in the nation. The National Rural Health Association considers Mercy Medical Center - New Hampton to be an exemplar in best practices in all of rural health care.
"We are truly honored to be named a Top 20 CAH for quality. Every day, our employees deliver quality care with leadership from our medical staff to assure the best outcomes for patients," stated Dr. Paul McQuillen.
The Top 20 Critical Access Hospitals, including Mercy-New Hampton, scored best among critical access hospitals on iVantage Health Analytics' Hospital Strength IndexTM for Quality. The Quality index is a rating of hospital performance based on the percentile rank across the five categories of Hospital Compare Process of Care measures. The quality of care provided in Acute Myocardial Infraction (Heart Attack), Heart Failure, Pneumonia, Congestive Heart Failure, Surgical Care and Outpatient measures is indexed across the range of national performance for each measure. The index scores are averaged to produce a single composite score.
"The award recognizes the hard work and commitment to quality that every one of Mercy's staff members, medical staff providers and volunteers have," expressed Bruce Roesler, Mercy - New Hampton CEO. "It is a confirmation of the strides we've made turning Mercy - New Hampton into one of the best rural hospitals in northeast Iowa."
About the National Rural Health Association
NRHA is a nonprofit organization working to improve the health and well-being of rural Americans and providing leadership on rural health issues through advocacy, communications, education and research. NRHA membership is made up of 21,000 diverse individuals and organizations, all of whom share the common bond of an interest in rural health. For more information, visit www.RuralHealthWeb.org.
About iVantage Health Analytics
iVantage Health Analytics, Inc.TM is a privately held healthcare business intelligence and technology company. The company is a leading provider of information products serving an expansive healthcare industry. iVantage Health AnalyticsTM integrates diverse information with innovative delivery platforms to ensure customers' timely, concise, and relevant strategic action. For more information, visit www.iVantageHealth.com.
Brittany Rethamel and Jordan Anderson both recently obtained their Certified Occupational Hearing Conservationist (COHC) credential. Many businesses depend upon certified clinicians who conduct audiometric testing as part of the hearing conservation team to help prevent hearing loss among workers. Testing costs $42 per person. Businesses and industries are encouraged to call for contracted pricing based on the number of annual tests. For more information, please call Mercy's Therapy Department, 641-394-1616.
(New Hampton) - Chickasaw County residents affected by the severe storms beginning June 26th may be eligible to apply for individual grant assistance to cover losses experienced due to the severe storms and associated flooding. To qualify, households must be located within the disaster declaration area, and must meet income guidelines.
The program provides up to $5,000 per household to cover repairs, debris removal, furnace or water heater work, replacement of lost or spoiled food, and other household losses.
Households must have an income at or below 200% of the federal poverty guideline as shown below:
# in HH Maximum gross yearly income
Each additional household member add $8,120
Or the applicant must currently receive a benefit from the Iowa Department of Human Services, such as WIC, food assistance, Medicaid, FIP assistance, or child care assistance.
Because the eligibility process established for this program is complex, Chickasaw County residents who may benefit from this assistance are encouraged to contact the NEICAC Chickasaw County Family Service Office in New Hampton at (641) 394-2007 to begin the application process or they can contact NEICAC's Director of Community Outreach & Development directly at (563) 382-8436 (Decorah).
Applications will be accepted through August 28, 2014, or until all funding provided for this program has been expended.
For more information contact:
David P. Boss
Director of Community Outreach & Development
Northeast Iowa Community Action Corporation
Research indicates that quality public schools can help make states & localities more economically competitive.
To register, visit: https://www.facebook.com/NewHorizonsChamber/app_1424338834502940 or call the Chamber office at 641-394-2021.
Tuesday, May 20 4-6 p.m.
Zip's Truck Equipment
316 W Milwaukee St, New Hampton
- Learn about jobs as a Certified Nurse Aide
- Tour facilities and meet the human resources staff of New Hampton Nursing & Rehab
- Find out more about the application process
- Discover how you can earn a certificate at no cost if you meet all eligibility requirements
- This orientation is mandatory for program participants
Does a career as a Certified Nurse Aide interest you? Applicants are needed for the Certified Nurse Aide certificate program at Northeast Iowa Community College. Participates will complete the Certified Nurse Aide certificate program in 80 hours and will have an opportunity to meet NICC's employer sponsor, New Hampton Nursing & Rehabilitation Center.
To register or for more information, call 800-728-2256 ext 399
CALMAR—Northeast Iowa Community College (NICC) Business and Community Solutions is offering the two-session class, "Garden Art: Making a Leaf Casting" (#30106), on Wednesday, June 4 and 11, at the Schoenfeld residence, located at 1053 South 4th Avenue, New Hampton. Leaf casting, the use of real foliage as a concrete mold, is a creative process that captures the organic beauty of nature in a durable piece of art for your yard or garden. In addition to its attractiveness, when filled with water, a cast leaf basin attracts birds and other wildlife.
During the first session, students will choose from a variety of leaf types and put their castings to dry and cure until the second session. The following week, the cast basins are resealed and students paint them for outdoor use. A supply fee of $30 is due to the instructor at the first session.
To register online for "Garden Art: Making a Leaf Casting" (#30106), or for more information, visit www.nicc.edu/solutions, or call NICC Business and Community Solutions at (800) 728-2256, ext. 399.
NICC OFFERS SPRING FABRIC WREATH CLASS
CALMAR—Northeast Iowa Community College (NICC) Business and Community Solutions is offering the class "Tied Up in Knots" (#30013) on May 20 at the City Hall Community Room #112, located on East Spring Street, New Hampton. This is the perfect class for community members who are ready to update their home décor for the fresh, new spring season. Using fabric with the latest designs, patterns and colors, participants learn a knotting technique to create a welcoming keepsake wreath to display.
Join instructor Megan Gleason and invite friends to the class. A supply fee of $20 is due to the instructor at the first session and covers all the class materials.
To register online for "Tied Up in Knots" (#30013), or for more information, visit www.nicc.edu/solutions, or call NICC Business and Community Solutions at (800) 728-2256, ext. 399.
CALMAR—Northeast Iowa Community College (NICC) Business and Community Solutions is offering the class "A Garden in a Can" (#29892) on May 8, 2014 at Morris Landscaping and Garden Center from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Spring is finally here! Create a beautiful and easy-care container garden using a colorful watering can as your planter. You'll learn about and choose a Proven Winner or other popular annual flower, use the right techniques to pot it up with soil, and top off your creation with decorator moss. Finally, you can add pizazz to your watering can with colorful vinyl stickers that you "punch out". A supply fee of $20 is due to the instructor at class, and covers all the materials you need. Just bring your green thumb!
To register online for "A Garden in a Can" (#29892), or for more information, visit www.nicc.edu/solutions, or call NICC Business and Community Solutions at call (800) 728-2256, ext. 399.
The business owners and entrepreneurs that they assist are the driving force behind Iowa's economic growth. SBDC personnel are very dedicated and diligent and always do their best to help Iowa's businesses to flourish and grow. Each entrepreneur is unique and has a great story to tell. Be sure to check out each company's website or Facebook page for even more information. Here is a success story from New Hampton!
Mobile Ag Repair, New Hampton
The Iowa Small Business Development Center at the University of Northern Iowa helped Jason Shatek update his business plan, prepare necessary financial projections, and find sources of capital to fund needed updates of his existing mobile agricultural equipment repair business.
After working for seven different farm equipment dealers in two different states as an agricultural machinery technician, Jason Shatek decided there was very little chance for advancement in his chosen occupation. So he decided to create his own advancement by starting his own machinery repair service nearly five years ago in New Hampton, Iowa.
The large farming machines used today are difficult to transport to a dealer's shop. They are usually loaded on a semi-trailer truck, hauled to the dealership, repaired, and hauled back to the farmstead. Such transportation expense can be considerable. When competing with major-line, multi-location farm equipment dealerships, Jason knew he needed to serve a niche and have a strong competitive advantage, so he developed a repair shop on his service truck and took his business on the road. Jason began offering on-farm services to a multi-county area based around New Hampton.
Jason has grown his Mobile Ag Repair business since 2007 by offering high-quality, on-the-farm services specializing in John Deere equipment, but also providing services to all colors and makes of ag machinery. Entrepreneurship is contagious, evidenced by Jason's wife, Joy, who started her own business. The couple also buys and sells autos and farm equipment; taking care of rental properties consumes the rest of the couple's spare time.
Even though Mobile Ag Repair had been experiencing steady growth, the recent sluggish economy carried through into the farm economy, making it difficult for Jason to expand. Continual innovations in machinery technology requires education, shop manual updates, and test equipment.
Jason began to search for sources of capital to fund needed updates and was referred to the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at the University of Northern Iowa. SBDC consultant Rich Petersen explained various funding programs and Jason decided to go with the Iowa MicroLoan program. The SBDC provided assistance in preparing his company's loan application, updating the company's business plan, and preparing the necessary financial projections.
The company's Iowa MicroLoan application was approved so Jason made his updates and successfully expanded and improved his business.
Jason said the business planning process with the SBDC was very helpful in developing growth strategies for the future of his business. When asked about the biggest challenges of business ownership, Jason replied, "Being the boss is nice, but some days, when working alone, it's hard to get motivated. It's easy to get distracted." According to Jason, "The SBDC has been very helpful in answering our questions and preparing a financial strategy. The program is a tremendous asset to the small business community."
For more information on Jason's services, visit www.iowamobileagrepair.com.
**If you are looking for assistance with your small business, visit: http://www.iowasbdc.org/home or contact New Hampton Economic Development, 394-2437.
Date: Monday, April 21, 2014
Time: 9:00-11:00 AM
Place: New Hampton Economic Development Office
112 East Spring Street New Hampton, IA 50659
For more information or to register contact Nora Kurtovic or Vicki Mueller at Pathways Behavioral Services at 319-235-6571 or E-mail: email@example.com.
Microsoft Excel 2010 Fast-Paced - Level 2 (#27445)
Dates/Times: Tuesday, March 25 and Thursday, March 27, 2014 I 6:00-9:00 p.m.
Location: New Hampton High School, Computer Lab
Instructor: Jeff Meinecke
Description: This intermediate-level class introduces more features of Microsoft Excel 2010, building on Level 1. Students will learn to create large worksheets and workbooks, tables, outlines and templates. They will also practice inserting clip art, pictures, SmartArt and digital signatures. An illustrated textbook is included in the cost of the class.
Microsoft Word 2010 Fast-Paced - Level 2 (#27442)
Dates/Times: Tuesday, April 8 and Thursday, April 10, 2014 I 6:00-9:00 p.m.
Location: New Hampton High School, Computer Lab
Instructor: Jeff Meinecke
Description: Now that you know the basics, you are ready to learn more complex Word skills including newsletter columns, WordArt and clip art, document themes, styles, picture editing, Mail Merge, footnotes and endnotes, headers, footers, templates, tables of contents and indexes and more. An illustrated textbook is included in the cost of the class.
Creative Memory T-Shirt Quilt (#27370)
Dates/Times: Wednesday,March 19-April 2, 2014
Location: Quilter's Window
Instructor: Denise Sinwell
Description: Need a graduation gift? Have an overcrowded dresser drawer of keepsake t-shirts? Then create a t-shirt quilt! Bring 9 logo t-shirts for a small lap quilt or 20 shirts for a full sized quilt, and learn to prepare the shirts and assemble your 'Twist and Shout' quilt, using the pattern from You Did What? With My T-shirts.
To register for any of these classes, visit: www.nicc.edu/solutions or call Diane at 641-229-0931.
Steve provides free, one-on-one business counseling services to start up and existing businesses in almost every area imaginable (i.e. business planning, marketing, financing, personnel management, import/export assistance, and succession planning).
For an appointment with Steve on February 4, contact Tammy or Megan at the Economic Development office at 394-2437 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
We would like to have your participation in the New Hampton Career Fair. The career fair will be held on Wednesday, March 5, 2014 at New Hampton High School gym. The career fair will run from 9-11 am; noon - 2 pm. You may begin setting up at 8 am. Please be there and setup by 9 am as that is when students will arrive. The high school will provide tables but you are welcome to bring any equipment/supplies you have of your own. We encourage each employer to bring a handout that has all the employment positions you have at your place of business and if there is any schooling/training needed to obtain these jobs. Attached are a couple examples.
Each class, 8th - 11th will have a scheduled time to attend the career fair. It will be mandatory that every student (325 students) attend. We have also invited Turkey Valley, Sumner-Fredericksburg, and Riceville high school students to join us. Students will be required to talk with 2-3 employers and fill out a worksheet about what they learned.
We would like to achieve the following:
o Give area businesses the opportunity to give an overview of what their business entails to students.
o Give area businesses the opportunity to recruit summer interns (if applicable)
o Give area businesses the opportunity to inform students of employment opportunities in New Hampton with a high school degree, 2 year degree, or 4 year degree
o Identify skills necessary for general employment and specific careers
o Identify education (high school/post secondary) necessary for general employment and specific careers
This is your opportunity to get students to return to New Hampton after graduating from college.
We think this would be a great opportunity for our students to see and hear about what the New Hampton Business Community has to offer.
Please let Megan or Tammy know by Friday, February 28, 2014 (at the phone number or email below) if you will be taking advantage of this opportunity!
ATEK Precision Casting
2205 Rusty Kennedy Rd, New Hampton
Thursday, December 12
Interview and plant tours will be offered
For more information, call 563-382-2119
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The Community Foundation of Northeast Iowa is excited to announce their 2013 #GivingTuesday Facebook contest. #GivingTuesday is December 3, the Tuesday immediately after Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday. The idea is to remind folks the importance of giving back after the weekend shopping blitz.
Below you will find contest details:
1. On December 3, 2013, GIVE. Give of your time, your talent, your resources. Give what you can, big or small, to any cause you care most about.
2. Document your giving! Take a photo or short video and upload it to CFNEIA Facebook page. Submissions must be published on their page between 12:00am and 11:59pm CST on December 3, 2013.
3. Three winners will be selected to make a $500 grant in their honor to the 501(c)3 nonprofit organization of their choosing in CFNEIA's 24 county service area (all of Northeast Iowa, including Chickasaw County).
Check out the official #GivingTuesday website to learn more about the national movement and why it's important.
Strengthening Families Program 10-14 is coming to New Hampton this fall, starting Monday, October 28 and is a proven, effective family program that promotes positive communication, family bonding and joint problem solving skills that is recognized across the country for its positive impacts on children, families, and communities. The seven-week FREE program is being offered to any student 5th-8th grade and their families Monday nights, 5:30-8:00PM, from October 28 through December 9.
The program begins with a FREE meal for the family at 5:30PM. FREE childcare is provided for younger siblings during the two-hour program. During the first hour of the program the parents and youth meet separately, but work on similar skills. During the second hour, parents and youth have fun together as they play games and do family projects.
Strengthening Families Program 10-14 is a wonderful program for the families that participate and for the community as a whole. If you are interested in learning more about the program, as family interested in participating or looking to provide support for the program either through funding or donations of supplies, please contact Iowa State University Extension and Outreach in Chickasaw County at 641-394-2174.
-There was a 10% growth in Iowa's exports in 2012 (more than double the U.S. growth rate of 4.6%)
-Manufacturing employment gained 7,000 jobs in 2012, the highest of any industry in Iowa
-Iowa has the 5th lowest unemployment rate in the Nation